Friday, April 13, 2012

LIFE CHANGES

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Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and hopefully you’ve learned how to hit them out of the park.

When Jim was going through his pre-op for his back surgery, the doctors took a chest x-ray. They found a mass in his left lung and told him as soon as he healed from the back surgery he needed to have a biopsy.

He had the biopsy done and yes, it is cancer. At this point they plan on doing surgery, hopefully next week or the week after. Then we’ll have to see about whether he needs any chemo or radiation. We have been seeing a lot of doctors (surgeon, pulmonologist, cardiologist, internist) but we still haven’t met with the oncologist.  Once we have that appointment, then surgery will be scheduled.

We will be staying here in AJ while we get this taken care of and still plan on being in Montana for our son’s wedding on June 24.

We are doing great. The Lord is taking over my worry for me cause I need to not be hysterical for Jim. lol

Not sure how much I’ll be posting but I will let you know how things are going when I know something more.

Prayers are definitely appreciated.

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49 comments:

  1. I am so very sorry to hear this news. You both will be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Keep us posted as you can.

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  2. So sorry to hear of Jim's and your latest challenge. I will keep the both of you in my thoughts.

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  3. Oh, Sandie, this brings tears to me. I am so sorry to hear about Jim's cancer. I haven't been reading blogs for at least a couple of weeks and I began reading today and you were first on my list. So sad. Hang in there. I went thru breast cancer in 1996 - surgery, chemo and radiation. I pray that Jim gets thru his challenge. I know blogging isn't going to be your number one priority, but please let us know how things are going when you find time. There are many, many of us out here in blogland that cares about you both.

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  4. We are keeping you both in our prayers for a speedy recovery. We know y'all will beat this.

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  5. Sorry to hear about Jim's cancer. You are both in our thoughts and prayers for a full and complete recovery and for God's peace and strength during this difficult time.

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  6. You know I am not a swearing person but DAMN! I don't know if that helped you any but I hope it at least provided some relief. Please, know we all care and want to be there for you as best we can.

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  7. I'm not often at a loss for words, Sandie, but this is one of those times. I hope you'll draw your strength from people like David and Sherry and Ron and Sharon-In the Direction of Our Dreams and the Princess and the Cowboy.

    Know that my thoughts are with you and Jim, and I wish you peace during this difficult time. I'm hoping that Jim gets a good diagnosis like my sister-in-law who lived in comfort for 24 years after her first diagnosis and surgery for lung cancer.

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  8. We will be praying that the surgery is successful adn they can get it all out. having lost a brother to this dreaded disease,I don't want friends added to the list, know we are thinking and praying for you guys, Sam & Donna.

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  9. Lolita and I will be keeping you and Jim In our prayers. We know he is in the care of some very good Doctors, and hope and pray that it will be the Heavenly Fathers will for a full and fast recovery.

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  10. You are doing the best thing you can...turning it over to the Lord. If there is anything possible we can do, please ask! We can be back there with you immediately! Prayers for you both!

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  11. A diagnosis of cancer is no longer as dire as it used to be. Here's hoping that because they found the mass early, it will be successfully removed and follow up therapy will bring a full clean bill of health!

    Jim will b in my thoughts. I am also a breast cancer survivor, and I can imagine what he must be feeling now.

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  12. Oh Sandy.....I'm so sorry this little bump has appeared in your travels.....I'm sending tons of prayers your way....check in and post when you can.

    Hugs from here

    Jo

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear this news, Sandy. You are smart to let the Lord do all the worrying! I'll be praying for both of you.

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  14. Not good news but you know the Lord holds you both in the palm of his hand and he will see you through. Adding my prayers to the many that are remembering you.

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  15. so sorry to hear this news Sandie..hope that Jim gets his surgery soon and then the recovery and treatment process can begin..hang in there..lots of prayers and good thoughts are coming your way..and a big '{{{cyber blog hug}}}'!!

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  16. Will be praying for you both...

    Kerri in AL

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  17. So sad to hear the news, just when his back is so much better. I just hope that they get it all and he bounces back as well as he did from back surgery.

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  18. We are so sad to hear about this new development. We have you in our daily prayers for strength and speedy recovery!

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  19. Jim & Sandie, sorry to hear about the cancer. I know you'll beat it, because there are still fish out there to catch!! We send our prayers to you guys and hope the operation and treatment go well. If we can help with anything, moving etc just let us know. Steve & Carol

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  20. Its really devastating when they tell you stuff like that..... and I know because they told me the same thing... But all you can do is put your faith in the Docs and the Hospital and pray that they can take care of it for you. And in this day and age they usually can, so I am optimistic for a full recovery. Our prayers are with both of you. Rod and Loyce.

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  21. A friend of ours is just starting Chemo this week for Prostrate Cancer. Along with him, we will be thinking of you folks as well...

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  22. So sorry for that news.Our prayers will be with you and the Drs to the best they can and that the Heavenly Pycision will take over your healing.

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  23. So very sorry about your latest health news. Prayers are going your way. Take Care both of you & God Bless

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  24. You can count on a lot of prayers coming your way.

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  25. I just found your blog -- by way of Donna K. Sorry to hear about Jim -- I just finished radiation for breast ca. Our son-in-law's father had lung ca several years ago, had one lung removed and is doing GREAT! It is amazing what they can do today. We will keep Jim --and you -- in our thoughts and prayers...God bless!

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  26. We will be holding you both up in prayer, too.

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  27. Oh, I am sorry to read this! Damn. But I have a good story as my husband just celebrated his 2nd anniversary totally free of his lung cancer. I'm hoping & wishing the same for ya'll as well!

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  28. Many sincere prayers headed your way....

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    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
    http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com

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  29. All I can say right now is that I am so angry! I can see clearly what is happening. Satan is attacking. We in blogland are praying for my John and others and God is healing and touching His Prayer warriors! Satan cannot stand the victories and is trying to discourage and defeat. THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Satan was defeated at the empty toumb. And Satan will be defeated here! Rest assured, Jim WILL be healed! Nan

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  30. Well, Sandie ... I'm not going to be negative. You and I discussed this on the phone. I think you both had someone looking over your shoulder. Jim had that back surgery for a reason. If he hadn't had it, the mass would not have been discovered. It was an early discovery and I bet nothing has spred. It'll be just like Terry's cancer. I just know that. They'll get it all. We both know that.

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  31. I am so sorry to hear this news but u have done the right thing..turn it over the the One who can handle it. Hope u can do better than me...I keep wanting to "help" Him handle it...it's taken me quite some time to learn to ask Him and then leave it with Him. Sometimes I think just hearing that u have it is worse than the treatment...at least it was for me. I had breast cancer in '95...was diagnosed in June of '10, it has come back in my bones. No cure but with treatment the dr. said I could have many years left to enjoy. Just wanted u to know there is life after the diagnosis. I'm coming up on 2 years and praying for more. We've decided that like everybody else, we only have today so we must life this day and let the rest take care of themselves. I asked my Father in Heaven to lead me to the right doctors, the ones who would do His will. That has happened. Now I simply ask Him to handle this day and that His will be done and that I can accept His will. He has never let me down. Remember, we all have just this day, yesterday is gone and no one is promised tomorrow. But if u do ur part and keep ur thoughts where they need to be, His will will be done and u 2 can continue on this journey we call life. My prayers will continully be with u both. Hope u have time to let us know how things go. May Heavenly Father continue to hold u both in His arms and lead ur way.

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  32. Sandi - Please just know that our prayers are going up there with all of the others. Feel the peace in knowing how many friends and loved ones that are rooting for you and Jim.

    With all of the technology today cancer does not carry the same fear as it did years ago. It can be beaten.

    Let Go and Let God.

    Sharon and Ron

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  33. meitzelmetal@bresnan.netApril 14, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    Hi you guys,
    Bill has been visiting with Jim via telephone for a while now and we have known of this before you blogged it...and were sending prayers all along...just wanted to keep it between us and our LORD; praying that HE can handle it ALL; SAFELY and WELL. You are very smart in not panicking, Sandie...you have to be the STRONG ONE! We are praying for your strength!! Jim has to concentrate on all those fish that he has to get out there and catch yet!!! Our Prayers continue for you two!! All our love and thoughts and prayers!! William; your co-worker and fishing buddy and Carol; your fishing competitor, "The Meitzels"

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  34. Hi you guys,
    Bill has been visiting with Jim via telephone for a while now and we have known of this before you blogged it...and were sending prayers all along...just wanted to keep it between us and our LORD; praying that HE can handle it ALL; SAFELY and WELL. You are very smart in not panicking, Sandie...you have to be the STRONG ONE! We are praying for your strength!! Jim has to concentrate on all those fish that he has to get out there and catch yet!!! Our Prayers continue for you two!! All our love and thoughts and prayers!! William; your co-worker and fishing buddy and Carol; your fishing competitor, "The Meitzels"

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  35. Love You Two,
    William and Carol Meitzel

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  36. I'm so behind on my blog reading. I am so sorry to hear about Jim's problems. Prayers are going out to you all.

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  37. So sorry to hear about Jim. The treatments these days have so improved for cancer. We are having a cancer scare in our family with my dad's wife with a second round of breast cancer after 11 years. Our thoughts are with you. Positive thoughts!

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  38. So sorry to hear about Jim's cancer. You will both be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  39. Wow, that's a lot of prayers. You know you can add ours. Love you guys!

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  40. Oh..crap...so sorry to hear about this! But with your faith and all the love for you and Jim that is around the country, I know you will both come through this with flying colors. We will be adding our daily prayers for you both. Much love to you ...
    Keep us all informed!

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  41. Oh, Sandi, I'm so sorry to hear this new diagnosis. You guys are strong and have each other, and you'll get through this. Add my prayers and good thoughts to the rest, I think about you guys often, and will add a prayer each time.

    The only good thing is that the back surgery caused a lung x-ray to be done - otherwise you wouldn't have know about this cancer until later. I hope the oncologist will be able to take care of Jim quickly and pray for a speedy recovery. Keep in touch when you can, we are all there for you guys.

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  42. I am sorry to hear about this diagnosis. I will certainly keep you both in my prayers. BTW. The cover on my PU over the hitch is working fine. Thanks

    Susan

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  43. Mary and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  44. You have our prayers. Wish we were there to help you, but know you have good people around you to do that. Take care of you.

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  45. May you and Jim find strength in your friends, family and the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you both for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for Jim.

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  46. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  47. You will be in our prayers!! Hope that the surgery and subsequent treatment for the cancer all go well and that recovery is quick!! We are all in there cheering you on!!

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  48. So, so, SO sorry to have missed this. Not sure if you know Howie & Norah Glover, but Howie is fighting the same battle. They are also full-time RVers. Just emailed you their email addy if you want someone to talk to about it. Love and hugs to you both!!

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